Originally posted on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 9/3/12
The New York Yankees owe a debt of gratitude to J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles. Had it not been for his error in Saturday's game at the Stadium, the Yankees might have been swept by the Birds, and would be sharing the AL division lead going into today's action. As it is now, the lead is 2 games, and it is entirely possible that the Yankees could be in second (or even third) place by the end of the week. If they owe a debt of gratitude to Hardy, they owe a swift kick in the nuts to Joe Girardi. I'm not one to criticize any manager, especially when his team has a winning record. I usually give Girardi the benefit of the doubt while others are slamming him. But even I couldn't believe some of the moves he made in this series. To name a few: 1. Removing Hiroki Kuroda, who has been his best starter this year, after 8.1 innings in the series opener. Kuroda had given up 4 runs but he looked perfectly capable of getting the final 2 outs, thereby giving the offense a chance to rall...
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